Products Transfer Drum Tipper

Drum Tipper

The patented Rheo Drum Tipper is designed to help operators safely transfer materials out of drums while providing access to the drum’s contents.

Safety: The Rheo Drum Tipper addresses the ergonomic risk factors of manually dumping drums. The tipper can position drums directly above the receiving vessel or container to reduce operator lifting.

Containment: By using the Rheo Drum Tipper to control the drum movement and position of the drum, the drum’s liner can be used to improve containment as the product is emptied from the drum. When used in conjunction with an Rheo Ventilation Sleeve, the drum liner can be held below the slots of the Ventilation Sleeve to achieve containment levels of less than 10 µg/m3.

Productivity: The Rheo Drum Tipper’s simple over-center tipping motion both raises and tips a drum with a single actuator which enables the consistent positioning of multiple drums. The Drum Tipper is designed for easy, open transfer of powders. The Drum Tipper’s tilt angle can be adjusted to achieve optimal product flow to greatly improve operator efficiency.

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The Drum Tipper has several benefits when implemented in the manufacturing process:

  • Multiple Discharge Heights
  • Ergonomic Product Transfer
  • Efficient Product Transfer
  • Easy to Clean
  • Easy Access to Product
  • Simple Controls
  • Low Maintenance
  • Reduced Cycle Time
Rheo variable height drum tipper is right for pharmaceutical manufacturers interested in drum moving, drum dumping, drum lifting, drum tipping, etc.

Powered Drum Slide (Option):

pneumatically powered drum cradle slide to increase discharge reach.

Dual Stage

designed to serve a variety of application discharge heights with a single machine.


designed to help ergonomically position the Drum Tipper for the application.


non-marking rigid or swivel casters for GMP compliance.

Operator Controls

wash-down control pendant with momentary push button controls that can be placed on either side of the Drum Tipper.

Floor Brakes

integrated pneumatic floor brakes to keep the Drum Tipper in place during use.

Product Flow Control

allows open transfer of powder and regulation of product flow through the drum liner.

Drum Stop

adjustable drum stop rod that allows for multiple drum heights with the same Drum Tipper.

Common Specifications [customized per application]

Load Capacity 330 lbs [150 kg]
Maximum Drum Size 24 inches [610 mm] diameter, 36 inches [920mm] height
Discharge Height customized per application up to 66 inches [1675 mm]
Discharge Angle 30 degrees past horizontal
Material of Construction 304 stainless steel frame structure, 316 stainless steel drum cradle and product contact surfaces
Surface Finish Product Contact Area: 25 µin [0.64 µm] Ra with ground and polished welds
Non-Product Contact Area: 35 µin [0.89 µm] Ra with smooth welds as laid
Utility Air Supply: fully pneumatic (90 PSIG [6.2 bar], 8 SCFM [3.1 L/s] clean, compressed air)
Electric (Battery or Plug-In) Utility Option Available
Controls momentary push button controls on wash-down control pendant
Hazardous Rating configurable for use in Hazardous Locations: Class I Divisions 1 and 2 [ATEX Zones 1 and 2] or Class II Divisions 1 and 2 [ATEX Zones 21 and 22]

Variable height drum tipper engineering drawing with multiple customization options available.


The Rheo design library and fast track design services allow our team to efficiently tailor our products to meet the specific requirements of each application. During the design phase, the Rheo engineering team analyzes the application to develop a custom and comprehensive material handling solution. By using standard options as well as custom-designed features, a GMP operator centric design can be achieved. Load capacity, drum size, discharge height, and discharge angle are all easily customized to fit a specific application.

Variable Height Option

The Rheo Variable Height Drum Tipper takes the benefits of the standard Drum Tipper to a new level; a dual-stage design allows drums to be lifted and tipped at much higher heights than is possible with a standard Drum Tipper.  Also, the variable height technology allows operators to serve a variety of discharge heights with a single machine; including applications with adjustable-height ergonomic features, such as enclosures.

variable height drum tipper in two different stages of lifting a drum

Mounting Configurations

The Rheo Drum Tipper can be configured with different mounting styles to best fit the specific application.

Free Standing Drum Tipper

The Free Standing frame is fully mobile, requiring no floor installation. The Drum Tipper is rolled into position and floor brakes are activated before beginning the charging process.

Free standing drum tipper by Rheo. Made for pharmaceutical manufacturers looking for drum handling equipment

Fixed Mount Drum Tipper

This bolt down design is made for permanent or semi-permanent installation into concrete or steel flooring. The floor mount provides increased stability for high loads.

fixed mounted drum tipper for stationary drum dumping, tipping, lifting, etc.

In-Floor Docking Drum Tipper

The docking system uses a small receiver in the floor that allows the Drum Tipper to dock in place. This approach helps properly position the Drum Tipper in relation to the application and provides stability during the dumping process.

The In-floor docking drum tipper allows the drum tipper to be moved before docking into place.

Drum Tipper Options video Rheo thumbnail image


A variety of options are available for the Rheo Drum Tippers to ensure the final product meets the application needs.

The following are a selection of the options available:

  • Powered Drum Slide [for increasing the drum cradle reach]
  • Drum Cradle Options [including tapered and removable extension]
  • Compression Funnel [for reducing operator interaction during discharge]
  • Product Chute [for reaching lower discharge heights]
  • Operator Platform [for operator access at higher discharge heights]

Power Configurations

The Rheo Variable Height Drum Tipper has several power configuration options available.

  • Fully Pneumatic: When compressed air is available, this is the simplest design with the least number of moving parts, ideal for drums weighing less than 300 kilograms. Little maintenance is required on a fully pneumatic Variable Height Drum Tipper.
  • Pneumatically-powered Hydraulic: This option provides a smoother drum lift cycle than the fully pneumatic version and is primarily used for drums weighing more than 300 kilograms or drums full of liquids.
  • Battery-powered Hydraulic: Without the need for a compressed air hookup, this option allows for the greatest mobility. All the electric components are enclosed in IP66 rated housing.
  • Plug-in (120 VAC) Electric:  This option uses a fully wash-down, high force electric actuator and plugs into any 120 VAC wall outlet.  This is a good alternative when compressed air is unavailable and the drum tipper load is less than 150 kilograms.

Rheo designs multiple Power Configurations for equipment

Operator Centric Design

By designing around an analysis of operator movements during the drum charging process, an unmatched level of safety, operating simplicity, and functionality is achieved. A drum can be raised, lowered, and tipped into the proper position by using a single hand or foot control. This approach to drum handling allows the operator to easily control the product flow during the entire charging process.


All exposed surfaces on the Variable Height Drum Tipper can be fully washed-down for cleaning. Most exposed surfaces are stainless steel, with the exception of some small plumbing components.

All Rheo equipment is designed to be fully cleanable without leaking or collecting water

Rheo offers multiple surface finished for GMP compliance. See the options side by side.

Surface Finish

Rheo offers several different surface finish options to fit your application needs.

Visit our GMP Compliance page to learn more.

Common Applications

  • Vessel Charging
  • Drum to Drum Dispensing
  • Reaching Elevated Charging Pots
  • Mill Charging
  • Tablet Press Hopper Feeding
  • V-Blender Charging
  • Tablet Coater Charging
  • IBC Charging
  • Packaging Line Hopper Filling

The Rheo variable height drum tipper is used in many common applications in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry